A year after Chinese spy balloon drama, U.S. military seeks its own high-flying balloons

By Jason Sherman / April 4, 2024 at 2:24 PM
A year after a Chinese stratospheric balloon flew across the United States -- triggering a political furor, discussion about gaps in domain awareness and the eventual combat downing of the airship -- the U.S. military is seeking funding to begin its own high-altitude balloon project to conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. The Air Force is seeking $100,000 in operational systems development funding as part of its airborne reconnaissance systems program for a new-start program called the High Altitude Long Endurance...

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